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Parliamentary questions
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13 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000354-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Traian Ungureanu (PPE)

 Subject:  Opinion of the Court of Justice on the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
 Answer in writing 

On 4 June 2010, upon the recommendation of the Commission, the Council adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an agreement on the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Commission was designated as negotiator. On 5 April 2013, the negotiations resulted in an agreement on the draft accession instruments. In that context, on 4 July 2013 the Commission asked the Court of Justice to give its opinion on the compatibility of the draft agreement with EC law, pursuant to Article 218(11) TFEU.

The Court issued an opinion on 18 December 2014, concluding that the draft agreement on the accession of the EU to the ECHR is not compatible with EC law.

What is the Commission’s position with regard to the opinion delivered by the Court of Justice?

What are the next steps that the Commission intends to take in order to ensure that EU accession to the ECHR will be possible?

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